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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Leading south-west firm Bevan Ashford has been selected as sole adviser to English Heritage on intellectual property issues, winning the work against competition from City firms. A spokeswoman for English Heritage’s legal department refuses to name the other firms involved in the tendering process, but says that a number of leading regional and City firms […]

Shop tactics reap rewards

Property expert David Cobb reports on a booming year for the law firms who advise on shopping centre schemes The year 1999 has, without doubt, been the year of the shopping centre. The last year of the millennium has seen deal after deal as developers, property companies and lawyers cash in on the UK’s shopping […]

The Firm

Overheard conversations at the Firm’s Christmas party attended by, among others, senior partner Pratchard, managing partner Henderson, corporate partner Alison Brett, Big Tosh, Chalmers and God’s own Yorkshireman Rodney Bickerthwaite. Brett: Oh Mr Pratchard. How imaginative coming as Widow Twanky. Everyone else’s fancy dress is boring. Pratchard: Fancy dress? I thought the invite said casual. […]

Catherine Newman QC writes on a breach of fiduciary duty

In the case of Satnam Investments Limited v Dunlop Heywood & ors, the House of Lords has refused Satnam’s petition to appeal a Court of Appeal decision. Satnam’s surveyors, Dunlop Heywood, sent a letter to Satnam’s business rivals, informing them that administrative receivers had been appointed by Satnam’s bankers. Rival developers Morbaine Ltd knew Satnam […]

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North West law firm Ward Hadaway acted for Grantchester on the £20m sale of Sunderland Retail Park to Scottish Amicable Insurance Fund. Head of commercial property Richard Freeman-Wallace led the team. CMS Cameron McKenna advised Scottish Amicable led by partner Pranai Karia.

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